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August 9, 2012, 12:00 PM

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Joe Pollicino / Engadget:
OUYA's Kickstarter funding is complete: over $8.59 million raised, starts shipping in March  —  It's a wrap!  Suffice it to say, it's a been a relatively short, yet astoundingly fruitful — and initially record-breaking — funding run for OUYA, the hackable, Android-based gaming console.
Federal Trade Commission:
Google Will Pay $22.5 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Misrepresented Privacy Assurances to Users of Apple's Safari Internet Browser  —  Privacy Settlement is the Largest FTC Penalty Ever for Violation of a Commission Order  —  Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Burner wants to help you temporarily obfuscate your phone number  —  “Burning” a communication device has been a mainstay of those interested in privacy, from the IMF (you know, from Mission: Impossible), the corner boys on The Wire, and everyone in between.
Cade Metz / Wired:
If Xerox PARC Invented the PC, Google Invented the Internet  —  The truth about Jeff Dean appeared on April Fool's Day 2007.  —  Somewhere inside Google, a private website served up a list of facts about Dean, one of Google's earliest employees and one of the main reasons the web giant handles …
Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
ThinkPad Celebrates 20 Years, Announces Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2  —  1992 was a big year.  Bill Clinton was elected president.  Price Charles and Diana separated.  And the first ThinkPad laptop was released by IBM.  —  Twenty years have passed now and a lot has changed.
Phil Muncaster / The Register:
PayPal parts company with major China partner  —  Payments giant on lookout for fresh blood  —  Global payments behemoth PayPal could be in for a spot of bother in Asia after a much heralded partnership with Chinese e-commerce platform DHGate.com, its biggest in the region, ended this week.
More: CNET
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Digia to acquire Qt business from Nokia, port it to Android and iOS  —  Up to 125 Qt personnel at Nokia will join Digia to continue Qt development.  —  Finnish software company Digia announced today that it is acquiring the Qt software business from Nokia.
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
A win for RIM: Mformation patent ruling overturned, BlackBerry maker doesn't have to pay $147.5m after all  —  Remember when BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) was ordered to cough up $147.2 million after a company called Mformation succesfully won a patent lawsuit against the smartphone and tablet maker in a U.S. court?
The Official Google Blog:
Building the search engine of the future, one baby step at a time  —  Larry Page once described the perfect search engine as understanding exactly what you mean and giving you back exactly what you want.  It's very much like the computer I dreamt about as a child growing up in India …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Zynga's COO John Schappert Steps Down, Effective Immediately  —  Zynga has announced that the company's COO John Schappert has stepped down from the company and its board of directors, effective immediately.  —  This comes as perhaps no surprise given that last week it leaked …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Amid Lawsuits From Publishers, Boundless Launches A Free, Open Alternative To Textbooks  —  Since it first appeared earlier this year, Boston-based educational startup Boundless has been on a mission to ensure that college students have a free alternative to the pricey and bulky world of physical textbooks.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Finally Ditches Invitations, Now Lets Anyone Sign Up  —  Calling all chefs, wedding planners, stylists, and crafty-types: Pinterest has just opened registration to the public after two years of requiring an invite to join.  Anyone can now sign up with Twitter, Facebook, or just an email address.
Grant McCool / Reuters:
U.S. will not challenge computer fraud case to high court  —  (Reuters) - The government has decided not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a divided appeals court ruling in a criminal case that drew attention to a 28-year-old computer hacking law that critics argue is being used too broadly.
More: The Verge and CNET
Yezel Rosales / The Big Blog:
Introducing new Skype Cards in Mexico  —  Skype is always working towards more and more ways to bring people together whenever they are apart.  At Skype today we are happy to introduce a new payment option for the Mexico market, Skype Cards.  —  Skype users in Mexico will now have all the benefits …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
40% of top brands use Instagram, love image filters  —  Today, Seattle-based Simply Measured launched its Instagram analytics tool for both the public, and its enterprise customers.  In conjunction with that release, the company made public a study that it executed of the Interbrand 100 firms, concerning their usage of Instagram.

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Microsoft:
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Intel:
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VMware:
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